Sierra Muns smiles during her floor routine

Last Week in College Gym: November 7

There’s a lot that happens on the gymternet each week. So much so that it can be hard to keep track of it all. From training updates and COVID year announcements to recruiting rumors and coaching news, we don’t blame you for missing some important points here and there.

That’s where we come in. Last Week in College Gym is your one-stop shop for all the important headlines from the previous week in college gymnastics. No matter if you’re taking a social media break, went on vacation or just don’t have the capacity to follow every single gymnast, team and fan, we have you covered.

Top Storylines

Avery Neff Commits to Utah

Neff announced she will be continuing her education and gymnastics career at the University of Utah. Neff is a two-time Nastia Liukin Cup medalist, four-time national champion and the top five-star recruit in the class of 2024. She has pioneered transparency within the gymnastics recruiting process, announcing her official visits to Oklahoma, Alabama, Florida and LSU in addition to Utah prior to making her final decision. 

Other Newsworthy Items

  • Iowa State sophomore Marina Gonzalez announced she is recovering from ACL surgery. Recently qualifying to worlds to represent Spain, Gonzalez was unable to compete due to what she previously described as “bone edema.” 
  • Oklahoma sophomore Moorea Linker announced her medical retirement. A former three-star recruit, Linker did not compete for the Sooners during her career.

Training Updates

  • La Crosse senior Madi Vanderpool is training a switch leap + gainer pike dismount on beam according to the recent Halloween intrasquad footage. 
  • Centenary posted an Instagram Reel featuring several upgrades. Roxanne Myers was caught training a straddle Jaeger after missing last season due to a shoulder injury. Carissa Martinez performed a Yurchenko one and half, a necessary vault upgrade to increase the team’s scoring potential. Other vault upgrades included a front handspring front pike from senior Lacey Wedge and a Yurchenko tuck full from freshman Sophie Schmitz. 
  • Oshkosh has seven athletes training E bar dismounts, and there are seven twisting Yurchenkos in the works as well. After posting a program best 194.100 last season, the Titans only want more. 
  • California freshman eMjae Frazier was spotted training a Nabieva on bars on the Golden Bears’ Instagram story.
  • Bridgeport’s Abigail Kenney is working to upgrade her vault to a front handspring front tuck half. 
  • Springfield’s Kelly McGuinness is training a back handspring layout two-feet series on beam per Instagram Story. 
  • Sierra Muns, Texas Woman’s sophomore, was seen performing a full-twisting double tuck during a recent intrasquad. 

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